Want to take the best travel photos? Then make sure you’ve got these items with you!
Everyone wants to get the perfect shot, the one that makes people go “wow, where on Earth did you take that!?”
Whether walking around the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia or tracking wildlife in Tanzania, the thing about travelling is it puts you in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. So, when it comes to taking that perfect shot, you’re already there, you’ve just got to make sure you’re ready for it.
For me, when it comes to taking that perfect photo, I always make sure I’ve got these essential must-have camera items. They may seem obvious, but you really need to make sure you’ve got the right one for you. Once you do then they’re going to take your photography to the next level!
The first thing you’re going to need is a good camera backpack. When you’re travelling, every day you’re outside sightseeing, every day you’re outside doing something different, and often you can be walking around for up to eight hours or more. If you don’t have the right backpack you can really destroy your back, and after a while you’ll start to hate the sight of it!
When travelling, you want a comfortable camera backpack that can carry all your equipment, lenses, filters, etc, as well as having enough room for things like water, food and an extra change of clothes in case you’re going to somewhere like a temple and you need to cover up.
When buying a camera backpack, it’s important to get one that has thick shoulder straps and a thick waist strap. You want to carry about 70% of the weight on your hips so the pressure’s off your shoulders. That way you’ll be able to carry it around all day.
Recommended – Professional Backpack 50
Next up you’re going to need a good tripod for travelling. With a tripod, you want one that’s sturdy (one that’s not going to blow over in a stiff breeze), but one that’s compact and lightweight too.
It can be a bit of a balance finding a tripod that fits all three requirements but as a rule of thumb carbon fibre tripods are always going to be lighter than aluminum ones.
Alternatively, if you know you’re going to be hiking a lot you can get poles that come with camera mounts. These are good during the day but not so great for long-exposure shots and night photography.
Recommended – 190 CF 4-section tripod
When you know weight is key and you can’t take your main tripod with you, make sure you pack a mini-tripod instead. No matter how many times you say to yourself “I’m just not going to need a tripod”, invariably you will always find yourself in a situation where you do.
Yes, a mini-tripod isn’t as stable as a proper tripod, but you’ll be surprised at what shots you’ll be able to get with one of these and they’re a good alternative to have with you.
Recommended – PIXI EVO mini tripod
4# Extreme smartphone case:
Sometimes, when you’re doing extreme sports or adventure activities, you can do away with your camera altogether and rely on your smartphone. Smartphones take amazing photos these days, especially in daylight, and in certain situations it’s a lot easier whipping out your phone than it is your camera.
Obviously the last thing you want to do is smash your smartphone, so it’s worth getting a durable smartphone case that’ll cover you in all situations. Then, no matter where you are around the world you’ll still be able to take great photos without the worry of dropping your phone!
Recommended – Ballistic phone cases
Finally, if you’re going to want to take those beautiful long-exposure shots of clouds blurring overhead or of glassy water then you’re going to need some neutral density (ND) filters. These blockout light meaning you need a longer shutter speed to expose the photo giving you that blurred movement.
If you can only take one ND filter with you, the best one to get is a 10-stop (3.0) ND filter. This one blocks the most amount of light and is best in bright daylight situations.
It’s also worth considering taking a circular polarizing filter to slightly change the colour of sky and water. Either way though, filters really up your travel photography game.
Recommended – B+W Filters
So there you have it, the 5 essential must-have camera items for when you travel. Make sure you’ve got these in your bag and see where it takes you!
Macca Sherifi is a blogger, photographer and presenter who has worked in the travel industry for the past five years. He has travelled to over 70 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia.